There are better solutions than incarceration to keep communities safe. Drawing upon 40 years of experience innovating programs for youth and adults with special needs in New York City's courts, CASES has helped thousands of individuals build productive, crime-free lives. Our programs allow judges to offer alternative sanctions that cost significantly less than incarceration and lead to better long-term outcomes for individuals and their communities.

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Director of Youth Programs to Speak at Mississippi Freedom Summer

Rukia Lumumba, CASES' Director of Youth Programs, will be featured as a panelist for the Criminal Justice Town Hall on June 28, 2014, at Mississippi Freedom Summer's 50th Anniversary commemoration in Jackson, Mississippi.

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CASES Awarded 2014 Borough President Capital Award

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has named CASES as the recipient of a 2014 Borough President Capital Award. CASES is grateful to receive this $40,000 grant, which will support the initial outfitting of our new Harlem location at 2090 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard.

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QJC Participants Renovate a Community Theater and Stage an Original Performance

Participants in CASES’ Queens Justice Corps (QJC) recently completed partnership projects with two community-based arts organizations: the Afrikan Poetry Theatre (APT) and Theatre of the Oppressed NYC. These projects included renovation of the APT building followed by the creation and performance of a theatrical work on the impact of racial profiling in police tactics.
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CEO of CASES Appointed to New York State Commission of Youth, Public Safety and Justice

On April 9, CASES' CEO Joel Copperman was announced as a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo's new Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice. The mandate of the commission is to provide concrete, actionable recommendations for youth involved in New York's criminal and juvenile justice systems.

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Former CASES’ Senior Staff Member Ana Bermúdez Named Department of Probation Commissioner

CASES congratulates Ana Bermúdez on her appointment as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Probation. Ana worked at CASES for ten years, beginning as Deputy Director for Court Services in 1997 and eventually serving in a variety of roles, including as Deputy Director for Youth Teams, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, and Co-Director of Community Prep High School, a partnership high school developed and operated by CASES with the New York City Department of Education.

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At the age of eighteen, Jose was given the opportunity to enter CASES' Court Employment Project (CEP) rather than serve a prison sentence. He is currently enrolled at Borough of Manhattan Community College and is thankful that he got a second chance.

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